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ACTEAZ Newsletter – Issue 4, Feb. 2023

The ACTEAZ Newsletter is sent on or around the 15th of each month to ACTEAZ members. Becoming a member is free! Click here to register.

ACTEAZ Announces 2023 CTE Month® Video Contest Winners

ACTEAZ is proud to announce this year’s video contest winners!

1st Place

Alexei Katkov
Mountain View High School
Instructor: Jeff Hall

2nd Place

Jennifer Tapia Martinez
Metro Tech High School
Instructor: Bob Marquis

3rd Place

Jacqueline Reyes
Metro Tech High School
Instructor: Bob Marquis

ACTEAZ will award $500 to the first-place winner, $250 to the second-place winner, and $150 to the third-place winner. The first-place video will be shown at the 2023 Arizona CTE Summer Conference. All three videos will be published on ACTEAZ media outlets.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who participated!

To view the winning videos, click here.



Submissions for the 2023 ACTEAZ Awards are open, and we are seeking submissions!

Nominate your favorite CTE teacher, administrator, counselor, business partner, and/or staff member to recognize their achievements. This year, you can even nominate yourself!

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 17.



ACTEAZ Scholarships

Arizona high school seniors and post-secondary students are encouraged to apply for the 2023 ACTEAZ Scholarships! To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be nominated by a current ACTEAZ member. 

The scholarship amount ranges from $500 to $2,000, depending on available funds and the number of scholarships the committee agrees to award. 

Applications close Friday, March 17. To apply, click here.

For a video tutorial on the scholarship application process, click here.



2023 AZ CTE Summer Conference Updates

Attendee Registration & Hotel Information

Attendee registration for the AZ CTE Summer conference will open the week of March 20, 2023.

Hotel registration will open March 13, 2023. Keep an eye on the hotel information page for call-in details.

For a list of content areas by hotel, visit this page.


Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor registration for the conference is now open and closes June 2, 2023

There are in-person and virtual booth options available. 

To register as an exhibitor, click here.

ACTE CareerTech VISION Session Proposals Now Open!

Session proposals for the 2023 ACTE CareerTech VISION Conference are now open through March 3!

The conference will take place Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2023 in Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, click here.


Best Practices and Innovations Conference – Session Proposals Now Open!

The 2023 Best Practices and Innovations in CTE Conference is now accepting session proposals through March 3!

The conference will take place Sept. 27 – 29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, UT.

For more information, click here.


CTE Advocacy

ACTEAZ encourages you to stay connected with CTE-related legislation and express your support or opposition to bills during the legislative season. 

You can do so online via the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system. You can also monitor bills using RTS. 

Click here to access the RTS system. For instructions on how to use the RTS system, view this document.


Premier Series

Keep your teaching certification current with Premier Series!

Remember – you only have three years to eliminate any deficiencies on your CTE teaching certificate.

Start eliminating them today by registering for Premier Series courses!




Meet Alec Damiano, Marketing and Event Technology Manager

Alec Damiano joined the ACTEAZ team as Marketing and Event Technology Manager in June 2021.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Prior to joining ACTEAZ, she served as Employee Communications Specialist at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Associate Video Editor at Edgenuity, and Video Editor at the Arizona State University Foundation.

Alec was first involved in Career and Technical Education by being part of her high school’s graphic design, IT, and business programs. She was also a member of her high school Geek Squad and National Technical Honor Society.

At ACTEAZ, she wears many hats, including graphic design, social media, communications, and tech support.

Fun Facts:

1.       She sings and plays guitar in a heavy metal band called Varkan.

2.       She was a music journalist and has interviewed renowned international metal bands.

3.       She has met all four original members of the band KISS.

If you have marketing or technology-related questions or comments, contact Alec at [email protected].


Job Blasts

ACTEAZ hosts a free job board and job blast for its members.

Job blasts are sent on Fridays, depending on how many job openings are received. 

For information on how to submit a job listing, and to view all current job listings, click here.



  • ACTE CareerTech VISION Session Proposals Due: March 3
  • Best Practices and Innovations Session Proposals Due: March 13 
  • ACTEAZ Award Nominations Due: March 17
  • ACTEAZ Scholarship Applications Due: March 17
  • Summer Conference Exhibitor Registrations Due: June 2


ACTEAZ Event Calendar